A recent case suggests that the month in which an individual’s employment is terminated may affect the length of the individual’s entitlement to reasonable notice of termination. The case suggested that an employee who had been terminated in June may be entitled to a longer period of notice because hiring decisions may be delayed over […]
New legislation has been proposed in Ontario with respect to police record checks. The proposed legislation would limit the amount of information that can be obtained through a police record check to minimize the amount of information that employers, and others, are currently able to obtain through a police record check. The proposed legislation seeks […]
Proposed amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 would increase the maximum corporate penalties for a contravention from $100,000 to $500,000 CDN.
The federal government has announced that it will conduct public consultations with respect to possible amendments to the Canada Pension Plan which would allow Canadians to make voluntary contributions to the plan.
Ontario released a new action plan to help achieve its goal of being accessible to persons with disabilities by 2025. The three main priorities of the plan include: (1) engaging employers; (2) strengthening the foundation of accessibility in Ontario by building on accessibility laws and standards; and (3) promoting Ontario’s cultural shift through consultation and […]
The NDP (the primary left-wing party in Canada) ended 44 years of Conservative rule in Alberta with a stunning majority win in the recently concluded provincial election. Alberta is the oil-rich province beside British Columbia that has been significantly affected by the worldwide fall in oil prices.
This is not a change of legislation, but is a mandated requirement for employers pursuant to existing legislation. The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently released version 6.0 of the Employment Standards Poster, which outlines employees’ minimum rights and employers’ minimum obligations. With the release of this new poster, almost every employer in Ontario is required […]
On May 7, 2015, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to amend the Patent Act, Trade-marks Act, and Industrial Design Act. The legislation, Bill C-59, follows a Federal Budget which proposed to modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework to help innovators better protect their IP. The proposed amendments relate most notably to statutory privilege for agents, […]
A recent employer-friendly decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed the Court’s willingness to strictly enforce clearly drafted employer policies in order to protect confidential information. In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, 2014 BCCA 127, the Court upheld the dismissal of a 21-year employee for cause in response to her breach […]
In the recent decision of R. v Cole,  S.C.J. No. 53, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the admissibility of evidence in a criminal trial of a teacher found to have child pornography on an employer-provided laptop computer. In reaching its decision the Supreme Court of Canada made a number of important observations regarding […]
These articles on Canadian labour and employment law matters have been authored courtesy of the following Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti (L&E Global Canada) attorneys: Giovanna Di Sauro, Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org; Laura Freitag, Associate, email@example.com; and Cassandra Ma, Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Canada, please contact Robert Bayne, Partner at Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti (www.filion.on.ca) at rbayne@